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Audrey Wilkinson Semillon claims gold at 2008 Sydney Royal Wine Show

Esteemed Hunter Valley producer Audrey Wilkinson has celebrated another milestone for its lauded Museum Reserve Semillon, winner of the gold medal in its class at the 2008 Sydney Royal Wine Show.

The 2006 Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon was awarded the gold medal for dry-style Semillon (Class 18) at the 2008 Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners lunch, held on Friday February 15 at Star City’s Grand Harbour Ballroom in Sydney.

This marks the tenth major accolade for the Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon in the past 12 months. The 2002 vintage has taken out countless awards, including but not limited to the Maurice O’Shea Memorial Trophy and George Wyndham Memorial Trophy at the 2007 Hunter Valley Wine Show, Gold – Best in Class at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition and trophies at both the 2007 Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show and 2007 Boutique Wines of Australia.

“It’s a huge honour to accept this award,” said Audrey Wilkinson Director, James Agnew. “The Hunter Valley is recognised as the finest producer of Semillon in Australia, and if our Semillon is attracting awards of this calibre I guess this means we’re producing one of the best!”

The Wilkinsons were true pioneers of the Australian winemaking industry. It was Audrey Wilkinson's grandfather, Alfred, who in 1861 purchased the site that now houses the Audrey Wilkinson vineyard and cellar door. The first plantings at the Audrey Wilkinson Vineyard were recorded in 1866, making Audrey Wilkinson arguably the premier vineyard in the Pokolbin area. The 2006 Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon is a fine example of premium Hunter Valley Semillon, abounding with lemon, honey and toast flavours and citrus aromas.

The judging process of the Sydney Royal Wine Show is overseen by the Chairman of Judges, James Halliday, and includes five individual judging panels which are chaired by a number of leading industry experts. A panel of three judges assesses each entry out of a total of 20 points. They are judged on three characteristics — colour and condition (three points), bouquet (seven points) and flavour (10 points). Gold medals are awarded to wines achieving 18.5 points and over.

The 2006 Audrey Wilkinson Museum Reserve Semillon retails for $35.00 and is available from leading restaurants, fine wine retailers and the Audrey Wilkinson Cellar Door in Pokolbin. The wine can also be purchased online from www.audreywilkinson.com.au.



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